Our Staff

Nerida Southwood

Director, A.D.A  Jazz, Tap & Ballet

Nerida began dancing at the age of 3 and has been formally trained in Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet.  She has now been teaching since 1996 and is a qualified teacher with Australasian Dance Association A.D.A.).

Over the years Nerida has done extensive performance and choreographic work starting to dance professionally at the age of 8 with her first pantomime.  She has choreographed performances for Darling Harbour, Royal Easter Show, Wonderland Sydney, Disneyland California, Universal Studios, A.D.A. Performance grade choreography and numerous pantomimes and Sports and community Events.

Nerida has also choreographed numerous award winning troupes and solos for her students.  After freelance teaching Nerida opened her own studio and has not looked back.   Nerida is an ambitious and enthusiastic teacher and dedicates her time to teaching students and works to always being out best in each of her students always encouraging a love of dance.

Natasha Marconi

Acro, Jazz & Tap

Natasha begun dancing at the young age of 3 and since has never looked back. Since graduating from Brent Street Studios in 2010 she has continued to pursue her dreams as a performer.

At only 19 Natasha has performed with Caroline O’Connor as a featured soloist in her Showgirl Within concert with performances at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. She also recently played the lead classical role in SYTYCD Ben Veitch’s Show Blood, Sweat & Dance and last year was the lead female role in Loredo Malcolm’s company ‘troubled’ season.

This year she had the pleasure of being the lead contemporary role in the production Earth Angels choreographed by Marko Panzic . Natasha was also a regular featured dancer on the past two seasons of X factor and has also been a part of several corporate events such as the Toni & Guy hair show, Amway convention, dolly teen choice awards, and the Schwarzkopf hair Show.

She has also performed in several film clips for Angus and Julia stone, radio Ink, and Zoe Badwii and was a featured contemporary dancer in Foxtels ‘Live to Dance’ TVC. Natasha has had the pleasure of working with many industry professionals including The Squared Division, Marko Panzic, Simon Lind, Jason Winters, Jason Coleman, Matt Lee, Jason Gilkison, Ame Delves. Michael Boyd, Cameron Mitchell and of course Tannos & Choice!  She has had the pleasure of performing for several artists including Kelly Rowland, Ricki Lee, Short stack and chris sebastian.

Her Tv and film credits include Lead ballerina in the Great Gatesby, Dance Academy season 2, ANTM Grand finale, the NRL grand final for dein Perry, Sunrise, Mission impossible II, Razzle Dazzle, and Mornings with Kerri-anne. Natasha has loved being a part of the Elite Dance Centre team and looks forward to the year to come.

Laura Watson

Performance & Technique

Laura began dancing at Elite Dance Centre at the age 4 and graduated some 13 years later in 2017. Thereafter she received her Diploma of Elite Performing Arts at Brent Street receiving the prestigious Broadway Dance Centre Scholarship to train in New York. She has trained in and completed the ADA Jazz and Tap Syllabus in addition to RAD classical ballet exams. Having trained in all styles of dance, Laura is a very versatile dancer excelling in all genres and styles. She participated in the Forge Tap Project under Thomas Egan and is now a member of Girls On Tap, directed by Sally Hare. Whilst she continues her training Laura loves to work with and choreograph for younger dancers.


Lorraine McKerihan

A.D.A. Jazz, Tap & Classical Ballet

Lorraine has been Dancing for some 25+ years starting at the age of 3 and has been teaching for over 15years with Studios around the Sydney area. She joined the teaching staff at EDC in 2001 helping all students successfully complete their A.D.A exams with awesome results. Lorraine is formally trained in Jazz Tap and Ballet and is Qualified as a teacher for the Australasian Teachers of Dance(A.D.A) in Jazz Tap and Classical Ballet.

Talia Fowler

Classical Ballet

Bio coming soon

Kim Iversen

Acrobatics, Jazz & Contemporary

Bio Coming soon


Sharon Brown


Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry teaching group exercise classes. She is a Registered Member of the Pilates Institute of Australasia and also a Registered Group Fitness Instructor with Fitness New South Wales.

Sharon has been teaching Menezes MethodTM Pilates for over 6 years. She has been trained by Allan Menezes, founder & Master Trainer of the Menezes MethodTM, at the Pilates Institute of Australasia.

Sharon’s training and experience includes a strong focus on Core Strength.

She is married to Andrew and a Mum to 3 children, Ruby 10 years, Spencer 8 years and Morgan 4 years and lives locally in The Hills District.

and is Qualified as a teacher for the Australasian Teachers of Dance(A.D.A) in Jazz Tap and Classical Ballet.

Cassie McElroy

Juniors & Tiny Tots

Bio coming soon